Juneteenth: Freedom Day

On June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, Black Independence Day, or African American Emancipation Day, originates from Galveston, Texas. This day signifies the moment when enslaved African Americans were informed about the conclusion of the Civil War. Union General Gordon Granger announced the proclamation on June 15th, 1865, liberating Black Americans who were previously enslaved. This pivotal occurrence took place around two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Here are some activities taking place in South Florida to honor Juneteenth:

FIU Nova Star Scholarship Competition Show
Date: Wednesday, June 12th 2024
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Location: Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 Southwest 17th Street
Miami, FL 33172
As part of our 2024 Juneteenth Celebrations, FIU presents the Nova Star Scholarship Competition Show on June 12, 2024. This scholarship competition show will showcase students who exemplify leadership, school spirit, and a commitment to their FIU community. Contestants will compete in categories such as talent, Q&A session, and a short speech on an issue for which they are passionate. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Join us for music and refreshments before the start of the event.
Free shuttle bus transportation between MMC and BBC will be provided.
Visit ace.fiu.edu/JUNETEENTH to view the full lineup of Juneteenth events hosted by FIU this year.
Any and all net proceeds from this event, after payment of associated expenses, may be used to support future program expenses of Access, Compliance, and Equal Opportunity including but not limited to student scholarships, through the FIU Foundation, Inc.
South Florida People of Color - celebration of freedom and liberation through art, poetry, and music.
Date: Wednesday, June 12th 2024
We’re seeking creative submissions that express your vision of freedom and liberation - Poetry, music, dance, theater, and the visual arts are welcome. Submission Guidelines: Deadline Wednesday, June 12th Submit to: Anita Adoga anita.adoga@mymail.barry.edu Theme: Freedom & Liberation | Open to all ages and skill levels Prizes For Winners Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your creativity and contribute to a collective understanding of Juneteenth.
The Juneteenth Experience
Date: Friday, June 14th 2024
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: The Colony Theatre in Miami Beach 1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hued Songs is excited to announce The Juneteenth Experience 2024, the 4th annual presentation of this groundbreaking celebration of Black liberation through artistic expression. This immersive event promises to captivate audiences across Miami-Dade and Broward, taking place at two iconic venues: the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach (1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139) and the historic Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale (707 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304). Tickets can be purchased by visiting Huedsongs.org.
Juneteenth Park-In & Party: America Keeps Its Promise For Freedom For All
Date: Saturday, June 15th 2024
Time: 4pm EDT
Location: Hard Rock Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive Miami Gardens, FL 33056
City of Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Katrina Wilson, Councilman Reggie Leon and Councilman Robert Stephens, III present the 4th Annual Juneteenth Park-In and Party Celebration under this year’s theme, “America Keeps Its Promise For Freedom For All “! The Park-In and Party is hosted by Miami Gardens’ own Comedian Marvin Dixon with music by DJ Bo Weezy.
This year’s fest will be held at Hard Rock Stadium in the great City of Miami Gardens, South Florida’s epicenter of black culture. Gates open at 3:30pm.
The City of Miami Gardens has invited special local acts to perform multiple musical selections that will highlight our successes, diversity and our unity.
Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day, celebrates the end of the Civil War and slavery.
It was June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger traveled to Galveston, Texas and announced that the Civil War has ended, and all enslaved people were to be freed. Since then, communities have celebrated June 19 as the official day of Emancipation.
According to the United States Library of Congress, “communities have developed their own traditions. As families migrated from Texas to other parts of the United States, they carried the Juneteenth celebrations with them.”
For more information about the event and to be a vendor please contact Jamal Engram at JEngram@miamigardens-fl.gov or (305) 622-8000 ext. 2789.
Juneteenth Freedom Festival
Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2024
Time: 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Tamarac Sports Complex,
9901 NW 77th Street Tamarac, FL
Celebrate Juneteenth, a day that symbolizes the abolition of slavery in the United States of America. Event will include performances by Ashanti Cultural Arts, guest poet, live music by the Old Skool Gang, food vendors, kids area and much more.
City of Fort Lauderdale Juneteenth Celebration
Date: Saturday, June 15 2024
Time: 12pm-4pm
Location: Carter Park
1450 W. Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Join the City of Fort Lauderdale as we commemorate Juneteenth with a vibrant celebration of freedom, unity, and cultural heritage! On June19, 1865, freedom finally reached the last enslaved people in the United States. Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, and announced that over 250,000 Black people held captive in the state were now free by law. This momentous day, Juneteenth, became a celebration of liberation for African Americans across the country.
FIU Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
Time: 1pm
Location: FIU Dotson Family Pavilion
11200 Southwest 8th Street Dotson Family Pavilion Miami, FL 33199
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Today, it commemorates African American freedom and achievement while it also encourages continuous self-development.
Rain or shine, the entire University community is invited to our fourth annual Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration. Lawn chairs and mats are welcome as we gather at the Earlene and Albert Dotson Pavilion Lawn (MARC building at MMC). This free event is open to the entire community and will feature live performances, local artisan vendors, activities, dancers, food trucks, raffles, and fun for the whole family.
Be sure to stop by the Frost Lounge (guests over 21 only) at the Frost Museum during their Summer Exhibition Party to cool off, open from 1:00-5:00 pm. Registration is required.
* The first 200 faculty/staff and the first 200 students to register will each receive a $15.00 food voucher to use at any of the event’s food trucks, limited to one voucher per faculty/staff/student. To claim your voucher, please use your FIU email. Eligible faculty/staff/students will receive a confirmation email prior to the event. Don’t forget to bring the confirmation email to check in and receive your voucher!
For more information on FIU’s Juneteenth events, visit: go.fiu.edu/juneteenth.
World Sickle Cell Day Awareness Concert and Juneteenth Pop-up
Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2024
Time: 12:pm to 05pm
Location: Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 Northeast 59th Terrace, Miami,
Join us at the Little Haiti Cultural Center: Saturday, June 15th, 2024 to benefit SCDAA Miami-Dade County Chapter, Inc. established to encourage and support education, testing, and genetic counseling in the hemoglobinopathies (sickle cell disease and related conditions); to encourage and support research in sickle cell diseases and related disorders; to encourage and support effective and sensitive medical treatment for persons with sickle cell diseases; to solicit and secure funds for the support of programs that provide these services; and to provide additional direct services to persons with sickle cell diseases and their families.
Special Guests: Dr. Jeff J. Rocker, Kastin Marley, Anaiyah Sunshine, NBA Billy Garrett, Mayammee, Fa’shotime, Mike Cooley, AR The Prophet aka Sickle Cell Souljah, and much more.
We also will have our University of Miami Sickle Cell Team, Dr. Thomas Harrington, Dr. Ofelia Alvarez, Dr. Edward Ziga and Maya Bloomberg MSN, APRN @thehemenp
This is a Free Event, donations are welcome. This is taking place from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the main courtyard. Attendees can enjoy live music, concert, games, free massages, giveaways, and more.
23rd Annual Blues & Sweet Potato Pie Festival: A Juneteenth Celebration
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
Time: 11am to 04:30 pm
Location: Northwest Branch Library 1580 Northwest 3rd Avenue,
Pompano Beach,33060
Celebrate Juneteenth and kick off the Library’s Summer Learning Program with the 23rd Annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival at Northwest Library, held 11AM to 5PM on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Apollo Park, which is adjacent to the Northwest Branch Library, located at 1580 NW 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060.
This day of free family fun, live entertainment, art and history includes performances, activities, exhibits and the legendary pie-tasting contest to crown the community’s best sweet potato pie maker. From children’s fun to great music and food, the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival offers a good time for all ages. Festival highlights include: Live Bands including the Cross Family Singers, Blues & Soul Singer: Dottie Kelly, & Julius Sanna & The Positively Africa Experience, Delt the DJ, Ashanti Cultural Arts Performers, dancing, Youth Arts & Crafts, Tribal Face Painting, Delicious food vendors, and more!
City Miramar Juneteenth Family Day 2024
Dare: Wednesday, June 19th 2024
Time: 11:am to 3 pm
Location: Miramar City Hall Plaza, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL
Enjoy a fun-filled day of creative and interactive games as we journey through culture, history and art. Live Step Show performance, pop-up African Art Exhibit and more!
The 2nd annual B.L.A.C (Black Lives Allocating Change) Juneteenth Cook Off
Date: Wednesday June 19th, 2024
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Location: Snyder Park 3299 SW 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Tweety’s Front Porch presents The 2nd annual B.L.A.C (Black Lives Allocating Change) Juneteenth Cook Off. presented by a collaboration of LGBTQ+ black led nonprofits, Ujima Men’s Collective, Transinclusive Group, AfroPride and The Mckenzie Project.
Taking place Wednesday June 19th, Juneteenth, from 12-6pm at Synder Park, the free event will include black vendors, food trucks as well as a 12 categories of cook off dishes. Contestants can enter their dish for $10 to compete. Selected judges will vote on the winners for each category while the attendees will have a chance to vote for the crowd favorite. The winner from each category will receive a trophy as well as a cash prize! However, no one walks home empty in the competition, all entries will receive a gift card for participating.
The B.L.A.C Juneteenth Cook Off will also showcase a shuffle dance off and several other contests (bomba, bingo, spades, tonk, uno & dominos). The contests will take place before the food and all the winners will receive a trophy & cash prize.
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